Book Review: Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

I have read novels by Mary Higgins Clark in the past so had no hesitation in picking up Just Take my Heart. The story begins with Natalie Raines, a famous actress. We read of her dying from a gunshot wound and of her soon-to-be-ex husband on trial for her murder two years after the fact. Gregg Aldrich is charged with the murder of Natalie Raines when a career criminal suddenly claims that Aldrich paid him to kill his wife.

The case is prosecuted by the thirty two year old assistant prosecutor Emily Wallace. She spends long hours preparing for the trial, unaware of a neighbour’s violent past; a neighbour to whom she gives the key to her home in order to care for her dog. The high profile trial makes headlines, revealing personal matters about Natalie. The eerie sentiments she experiences during the trial continue even after the jury has decided Aldrich’s fate. She soon comes to realise that her own life is at risk.

The name Mary Higgins Clark promises an enjoyable read, and I was not disappointed. The story, however, is similar to her other tales and has nothing fresh about it. Instead, the novel follows the path of her well-loved thrillers with no unexpected events. Readers who love her thrillers and courtroom tales will enjoy this story.

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars.

Have you read any of Mary Higgins Clark’s books?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 38th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

Teaser Tuesday: The Melody Lingers On


Every time I see a novel written by Mary Higgins Clark, I pick it up knowing that I will enjoy the story that she has created. This weekend I opened the story titled The Melody Lingers On. The story features Lane Harmon, an assistant to an upscale interior designer. Her current job is to work in a modest townhouse owned by the wife of Parker Bennett, the notorious financier who disappeared with the money of his investors. Lane finds herself moved by Mrs. Bennett’s calm dignity and faith in her husband’s innocence; and is drawn to the son, Eric Bennett, who is determined to prove that his father is innocent. Unknowingly Lane puts herself, and her daughter, in jeopardy the closer she gets to the Bennetts.

My teaser this week highlights the thoughts of one of the FBI lead investigators:

“But we will find him, he vowed. We will find him. 

But even as he made that promise, he wondered if he would be able to keep it. With the Bureau’s focus on terrorism and the number of individuals who had to be watched, resources were stretched very thin. The previous week an agent who had worked with him on the Bennet case had been reassigned. He did not have the heart to tell Cunningham and the investors that if a break in the case did not happen soon, more agents who were working with him would be assigned elsewhere.” (p28, Pocket Books, 2015)

I enjoyed this read – and the unexpected ending.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)

Teaser Tuesday: The Cinderella Murder


Over the weekend I began reading the story The Cinderella Murder written by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. As a fan of Mary Higgins Clark, I picked up this story with confidence. I am only a few pages in, but I am sure to enjoy it.

The story centres around television producer, Laurie Moran, who has chosen the next topic for her cold case series, Under Suspicion. She works on what is known as the Cinderella Murder – a twenty year old murder of a beautiful and brilliant UCLA student (Susan Dempsey) who was found dead in the Hollywood hills the morning after she was scheduled to audition for the lead in an up-and-coming director’s new film. Laurie makes contact with, and interviews, family members and friends who knew the murder victim.

My teaser for the novel comes from the beginning of the story:

“When the phone rang the next morning, Jack popped up from reading the newspaper. “There’s our girl, bright and early by a college student’s standards for a Sunday.”

But the caller wasn’t Susan. It was the Los Angeles Police Department. They had difficult news. A young woman had been found just before dawn in Laurel Canyon Park. She appeared to have been strangled. They didn’t want to alarm them unnecessarily, but their daughter’s driver’s license had been retrieved from a purse found fifteen yards from the body. A mobile phone was clutched in her hand and the last number dialed was theirs.” (p. 10, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster).

I look forward to reading more of this story.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays at Books and a Beat)